UT Physicians has expanded the dare to C.A.R.E. national vascular and disease management program across the Greater Houston area.
The free vascular screening is offered for people:
- 60+ years old
- 50 + years old with risk factors such as obesity, smoking and a family history of stroke
- 40+ with diabetes
Patients do not need a referral, but must meet that criteria. The testing involves a non-invasive ultrasound examination of your carotid arteries, abdominal aorta, and evaluation of the circulation in your legs. UT Physicians will provide the results of a patient’s screening to their primary care physician.
The screenings can be scheduled at:
UT Physicians Health Center – Bellaire
6700 West Loop South, Suite 520, 77401, Fridays, 8am – 12pm
UT Physicians Dashwood Multispecialty Clinic
5420 Dashwood, Suite 210, 77081, Fridays, 1pm – 4:30pm
UT Physicians Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery – Katy
23920 Katy Freeway, Suite 400, 77494, Mondays, 1pm – 3pm
UT Physicians at The Heights
925 N. Shepherd, 77008, every second Friday, 8am – 4:15pm
UT Physicians – Victory
7364 Antoine Dr., 77088, Nov. 27th & Dec. 18th, 8:30am – 4:15pm
For an appointment, please call 713-486-DARE (3273).
“By expanding dare to C.A.R.E. to other UT Physicians clinics, we are able to provide services to patients that may not otherwise have access to this type of care,” said Stuart Harlin, M.D., director of the program and associate professor of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). “Additionally, we are able to utilize the program as a quality improvement tool within our clinics to ensure our patients are under the best medical treatment.”
Cardiovascular disease is the number one health problem in the United States. Each year, one million Americans die of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure or cardiovascular disorders.
C.A.R.E. stands for:
- Carotid Artery Disease: a primary cause of preventable strokes.
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: ruptured aneurysms cause death in up to 90% of cases.
- Renal Artery Stenosis: when untreated, frequently leads to the need for hemodialysis.
- Extremity Artery Disease: affecting up to 12 million Americans, especially those over 50.
— Melissa McDonald, UT Physicians